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About

Most nerds loathe, shun, and shirk physical activities. In this aspect of nerdhood, my personality strays away from the norm somewhat; I don't hate using my body, and under the right conditions, I enjoy it. I hate lifting weights and moving furniture (because those are repetitive activities), but I enjoy jumping around and using my environment (it's fun to figure out how to best clear an obstacle). My parents tell me that when I was very young they used to find me in the weirdest places (including display windows, dangerously high plant fixtures, and, later, rooftops).

Parkour was "invented" (read: given its current name) by David Belle when he and his friends played around in Lisses, a French suburb. It is a sport where the goal is to move fluidly and fast over physical obstacles (like fences, benches, gaps, holes, cars, and even rooftops), and it's a plus if the movement is also elegant (think Jackie Chan minus the martial arts). In this respect parkour is somewhat similar to gymnastics, and while it certainly borrows from it, things like backflips and handstands, while fairly impressive, isn't considered parkour by some practitioners. (I make an exception if the feat contributes to the fluidity and speed of a particular move.)

Hints

When practicing parkour, as is true when doing anything physically demanding, it's easy to hurt yourself. Therefore, take some precautions. For intstance, it should be obvious that you should warm up beforehand and stretch when you're done. In addition, here are some parkour-specific tips:

Images

October 24, 2004

These are images of Andreas and me doing parkour in Stavanger.

Andreas performs a gate vault.
Andreas performs a gate vault.
Håvard and Andreas perform rocket vaults.
Håvard and Andreas perform rocket vaults.
Håvard and Andreas perform gate vaults.
Håvard and Andreas perform gate vaults.
Håvard performs a reverse vault.
Håvard performs a reverse vault.

Quasi-ads

These are quasi-ads for parkour that Andreas and I made. It should be noted that I'm indifferent to and ignorant about the skating culture, and I chose to make fun of it simply because parkour is often described as skating without a skateboard.

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“Parkour — omg lol roflmao wtf?!?!!!1”
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“Parkour — Because skating is fucking lame.”
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“Parkour — Because skating gets you killed.”
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“Parkour — We climb on things.”
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“Parkour — We jump over things.”
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“Parkour — We run along things.”